Dillinger (1945)

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John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies.



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Complete credited cast:
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Marco Minelli (as Eduardo Cianelli)
Doc Madison
Kirk Otto
Ralph Lewis ...
Elsa Janssen ...
Mrs. Otto (as Else Jannsen)
Ludwig Stössel ...
Mr. Otto (as Ludwig Stossel)
Constance Worth ...
Nurse in Dentist's Office


The rise of John Dillinger from petty criminal (including, unforgiveably, holding up a cinema) via prison and bank robbery with his new convict associates to the accolade of Public Enemy Number One. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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A Cold Blooded Bandit and a Hot Blooded Blonde ... who stopped at Nothing! See more »


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Release Date:

2 March 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Dillinger, Killer  »

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$193,000 (estimated)


$4,000,000 (USA)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many conservative social and religious groups demanded that the film be withdrawn or banned outright because of what they considered its "brutal and sensational" subject matter. The Chicago Censorship Board banned the film from being shown in Chicago for two years. The film finally opened on May 30, 1947, at the Oriental Theater in downtown Chicago and at the Biograph Theater on the north side, where the real John Dillinger had just seen a movie--Manhattan Melodrama (1934)--the night he was ambushed and shot dead by the FBI.. See more »


When Dillinger invites the waiter to have a beer with him and then tells Helen to wait outside, he slides her beer over to the waiter. The mug is full when he slides it over but when Helen left the table the mug was partly empty. See more »


Helen Rogers: Who lives here?
John Dillinger: What do you care?
Helen Rogers: Well, I just like to know where I am.
John Dillinger: You're with me.
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"B" Movie That Rivals an "A" Product
23 December 2003 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

This taut little crime noir is worth watching a couple of times. It has a short running time which was typical of "B" films and it packs a lot of action into a little over 60 minutes.

What a cast this film boasts!!......Edmund Lowe, a former screen idol of the silents and early talkies; Marc Lawrence and Eduardo Cianelli who could never shake their bad guy images; the greatest of all character actors, Elisha Cook Jr. whose career spanned in excess of 50 years; and Lawrence Tierney, born to portray a criminal. Tierney, who was a bad boy in real life (which sank his career for many years before he made a comeback in the 1980s)is the epitome of a cold eyed, hardened gangster who lives for today and the hell with tomorrow. Tierney, whose brother Scott Brady was a recurring presence in films of the 50s, will always be recognized for this part alone and it could have shot him to stardom but his personal life got in the way.......too bad. This film is a standout in the realm of "B" movies and is worthy of it's reputation.

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